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Chain noise issue

Hey guys, having a bit of an issue setting my chain up. I got a brand new set of chain and sprockets.got them all on my bike, set the slack and everything. Problem is, I can hear it making that sound clicking sound chains make when they're overtightened or the rollers are loose. It's very faint, does not occur all the way around the spin when I turn the wheel, and my chain slack is still set correctly. Any ideas?
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Re: Chain noise issue

1. What machine is it?
2. Are you 100% certain the chain and BOTH sprockets are the same pitch (520/525/530)?
3. Even a new, properly adjusted chain will make noise.
4. Did you adjust the chain "slack" while seated on the bike (compressed suspension)?
5. Are your "rollers loose"?
6. Is your rear tire/rim installed correctly (spacers on the proper side, and both adjusters at same distance, cush drive)?
7. Are your sprockets (check both) facing in the proper direction?

There... that should give you something to do for awhile (if not to at least a reply)

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1. What machine is it?
2. Are you 100% certain the chain and BOTH sprockets are the same pitch (520/525/530)?
3. Even a new, properly adjusted chain will make noise.
4. Did you adjust the chain "slack" while seated on the bike (compressed suspension)?
5. Are your "rollers loose"?
6. Is your rear tire/rim installed correctly (spacers on the proper side, and both adjusters at same distance, cush drive)?
7. Are your sprockets (check both) facing in the proper direction?

There... that should give you something to do for awhile (if not to at least a reply)
1. 929
2. Yes, chain and both sprockets are 520
3. This isnt the normal chain sound. It's that creaking, clicking sound you get when the drive chain is adjusted too tightly
4. No, I adjusted and checked on the kickstand and on a rear stand. But I reached down and checked the chain while i was sitting on the bike and the slack was proper
5. No, brand new chain (and sprockets)
6. Spacers are correct, adjusters are matching, cush drive?
7. Yes, both sprockets are facing the correct way
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cush drive?
hmh.

cush drive is short for "cushion"... the rubber pads that are between the sprocket drive and your rear wheel.

have you "spun" the CS sprocket to see if you hear the sound?
is it definitely coming from your chain?
what chain is it (non-O ring, O ring, modified O ring)?

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hmh.

cush drive is short for "cushion"... the rubber pads that are between the sprocket drive and your rear wheel.

have you "spun" the CS sprocket to see if you hear the sound?
is it definitely coming from your chain?
what chain is it (non-O ring, O ring, modified O ring)?
Ah gotcha, yes the rubber pads are all in place and in good condition. I spun the CS Sprocket before putting the chain on to make sure my bearings were good. It went smoothly with no noises. The chain is a standard O-ring type
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Re: Chain noise issue

well... without observing the chain and listening to it while you rotate the rear tire/rim, I'm at a loss. If it's definitely chain noise, and excessive at that, I suppose it could be a faulty chain, but I almost want to say that you may be "hyper aware" of the sound, and could be overreacting... at least I hope so.

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Re: Chain noise issue

You've gotten some good info from Casey, but if everything is installed, lubed, and adjusted correctly I'm gonna go with a bad wheel bearing.

I had what I thought was chain noise, drove me nuts for a while. Put the rear tire up on the stand, took the chain off to rule it out, and spun the wheel. Bearing was "squeaking".

New bearing, no squeaking. Give them a look too.

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I knew someone schmart would chime in
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Re: Chain noise issue

Thanks for the helpful info guys, I'll run through everything again tomorrow and see if I can figure it out. Keep ya posted!
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Re: Chain noise issue

Is the rear axle torqued to the correct spec? Did you use the proper tools to install the master link and did it go as it should have? Did you lube the new chain and sprockets good? If so do it again. G/L and let us know how you make out!

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Is the rear axle torqued to the correct spec? Did you use the proper tools to install the master link and did it go as it should have? Did you lube the new chain and sprockets good? If so do it again. G/L and let us know how you make out!
Yes tightened to correct torque spec. Used the stockton tool to install the chain, everything went smoothly. Everything lubed.
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Re: Chain noise issue

Hhmmm? Have you taken it out for a short slow ride around the block? Caliper and brakes seem to be OK too? Sorry I can't think of anything else.

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Here's a video clip of the sound

https://youtu.be/QK2WniyTYSo
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Re: Chain noise issue

I was going to point out the super obvious and ask if it was properly lubed after install (I forgot this vital step once) but you mentioned that already. Only two things come to mind for me-

1) Is everything 100% lined up? I get a little "over zealous" here and use a caliper to make sure my back wheel is lined up. Even slightly off can lead to a slight binding/ticking. Also learned this one the hard way the first time I adjusted a chain a loooong time ago (was only off a few MM from "centered" and I got a clicky/ticky sound).

2) Even though it is a new chain it is always possible that it is defective. I would double check all your rollers and just do an in-depth inspection of each link. Most manufacturers will warrant their chains if it is defective.

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Here's a video clip of the sound

https://youtu.be/QK2WniyTYSo
The video noise sure does sound like a "tight" chain. But I trust that you've got it adjusted properly.

I'll add this, if it's not the rear wheel bearings, I'll go with tranny noise. Pretty sure my 93 makes that grunty/metallic sound when the chain is connected. Can't hear it by just turning the sprocket, but I'm fairly confident I heard something similar.

I know that's not a answer or fix, but just trying to toss out all the possibilities. Maybe change to a thicker engine oil and see if it reduces it?

Or try setting the chain really loose and see if the sound appears??

Did you notice it with the old chain too?

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